Fabienne Wohlwend shines again at Ferrari World Finals
Fabienne Wohlwend returned to the Ferrari Challenge World Finals one year after her historical triumph and took home another great result.
The 2018 Ferrari Challenge Trofeo Pirelli world champion Fabienne Wohlwend was again one of the main protagonists of the season finale for the one-make series dedicated to the Italian most prestigious supercar brand.
The race, held at Mugello this past weekend, was the final act of a build-up which marked the return of the lady from Lichtenstein to the Ferrari Challenge for the last rounds, after she had focused her 2019 campaign in the brand-new W-Series championship.
Fabienne was back behind the wheel of the #5 Ferrari Octane126 and conquered an impressive fourth place finish in the World Finals. Once again, one year from her 2018 victory, Wohwlend proved to be one of the drivers to beat in this iconic one-make competion.
Starting from the eight grid position, Fabienne had a great launch and went into San Donato corner passing two competitors in a single move: after the the first Mugello corner, Wohlwend was up to fifth, while pole-setter Adam Carroll and the Italian Nicolò
Schirò battled for the leadership.
On lap 2, the #233 Long Island Ferrari driven by American J.Megrue hit the wall after a contact with Emanuele Maria Tabacchi. The incident forced the Safety Car to be deployed.
At the restart, the fight for the top-five positions lit up again, with Adam Carroll defending the lead from Nicolò Schirò and the second Octane126 driver Bjorn Grossmann taking advantage from their tows, after a decisive move on one of the title favourites Louis Prette.
Fabienne Wohlwend, author of another positive restart, managed her race from fifth.
On the 5th lap, Fabienne closed in on Louis Prette, but the driver from Monaco was able to defend, while French Thomas Neubauer joined the battle for fourth place.
Two laps later, Wohlwend performed a fantastic move on Prette in the last corner, but then lost two positions as she went wide at the corner exit.
Leading the group, Adam Carroll opened a gap on the other competitors and Bjorn Grossman moved up to second as he passed Nicolò Schirò.
With 3 minutes to go, the #225 Palm Beach Ferrari driver R. Chouest went off track, bringing out a local yellow flag that did not require the intervention of the Safety Car. This allowed Prette, Neubauer and Wohlwend to continue their spectacular battle for fourth position until the finish line.
Louis Prette, leading the group of three drivers for most of the race, made a mistake at the second Arrabiata corner and Fabienne Wohlwend, who had in the meantime passed Thomas Nebauer, dived in to claim fourth in an opportunistic move.
Ferrari Budapest team won the race with Englishman Adam Carroll and Bjorn Grossman finished second on the #84 Octane 126 car, ahead of fan favourite Nicolò Schirò who finished on the third spot of the podium.
Emanuele Maria Tabacchi conquered the AM victory at the wheel of the #33 Rossocorsa car.
2018 world champion Fabienne Wohlwend claimed another very positive result at this season's World Finals event, following a part-time drive in the 2019 Ferrari Challenge campaign.
Ph credits: Ferrari Corse Clienti